Walk Two Moons | Study Guide

Sharon Creech

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Walk Two Moons | Chapters 25–26 | Summary



Chapter 25: Cholesterol

Sal continues her story. Sal and Phoebe eat dinner at Mary Lou Finney's house. The experience is noisy and chaotic, and Phoebe refuses and criticizes the food, saying it's high in cholesterol. Phoebe says her own mother is "an excellent cook" who makes healthy foods. She ends up eating dry cereal.

Phoebe criticizes the way her father washes the dishes and pesters him about making calls to find out her mother's whereabouts. Sal can see how sad both Phoebe and her father are. Phoebe calls Sal that night to describe how she found her father staring at the TV, which was off. He seemed to be crying—but Phoebe claims, "My father never cries."

Chapter 26: Sacrifices

Continuing her story, Sal describes how Phoebe spends the weekend at her house. Sal is annoyed at how critical Phoebe is of everything, but she understands why Phoebe is acting this way. Arguing that Sal should provide her, as a guest, with better accommodations, Phoebe quotes her mother: "In life, you have to make some sacrifices." When Phoebe gets a headache she thinks she might have a brain tumor. Sal is highly irritated with Phoebe and wonders if she irritated her own father similarly after her mother left. She draws a picture of Phoebe hanging from a tree.

That evening Sal and Phoebe go to the Finney's house. Ben senses Sal's irritation with Phoebe, and Sal finds herself longing to touch Ben.

Sal sleeps on the floor, giving Phoebe her bed. Phoebe cries but Sal understands she wants to be alone with her sorrow. Sal dreams she sees her mother climbing an endless ladder: "She couldn't see me, and she never came down."


Phoebe deals with her "birds of sadness" by becoming critical, demanding, and controlling. Now that her mother is gone, Phoebe wants every little circumstance to be as her mother would have made it: she won't eat food that isn't like her mother's food, for example. Before Mrs. Winterbottom's disappearance Phoebe was often rude to her mother and refused to eat the food she made. It is as if Phoebe is trying to atone for her past behavior by holding her mother's preferences and habits up as standards that everyone should follow.

Sal does a good job of hiding her irritation with Phoebe. She realizes she was probably similarly difficult when her own mother left. Sal processes her frustration with her friend by drawing. She has drawn a similar picture once before of Mrs. Cadaver. In the text drawings are used as a way for characters to express feelings that are difficult or inappropriate to express in words or to other people. Drawings are a way to make sense of difficult things in life—just like the Native American legends that Sal's mother used to tell her. Both Sal and Ben use drawing as a tool in this way, and their connection to each other continues to grow.

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